Meeting over city link to warheads

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will host a public meeting in Preston on July 30 to raise awareness of the fact that nuclear weapons are routinely driven past the city.

Warheads from Britain’s nuclear weapons system Trident are transported on lorries an average of six times a year between their base in Scotland to the plant used to refurbish them in Berkshire.

ICAN state these lorries are putting lives at risk as they could be involved in a traffic accident or be the target for a terrorist attack leading to a potential radiation leak or explosion.

ICAN are holding a public meeting in Preston to inform the public about the convoys and to seek support for their campaign to scrap Trident - the only act that they say could completely protect the public from the threat posed by these weapons.

Matt Hawkins, Project Officer at ICAN-UK, said: “The government has a duty to protect its citizens but by possessing and upgrading nuclear weapons and driving them past our towns and cities they are needlessly putting us in great danger.

“Our first aim with this meeting in Preston is to let people know that nuclear weapons are driven so close to their doors - we think it is their democratic right. The step after that is to give them the chance to raise their concerns with the politicians who are supposed to be protecting us from danger, not putting our lives at risk.”

The event runs from 10.30am to 1pm at The Continental in South Meadow Lane.